In September 2017, I set a goal of drawing outside at least once a week.
When September ended, I decided to continue with a personal challenge until the end of the year. I’d gotten into the habit, enjoyed sitting outside to draw, and was learning a lot. Setting a goal for the rest of the year looked like a good way to keep myself drawing, and to put more fun into the drawing process.
There are twenty weeks in the last four months of the year, so I should have ended up with 20 drawings.
While I didn’t always draw every week, I did end up with 23 plein air drawings!
2017 Plein Air Challenge Drawings
The drawings are arranged in chronological order. All of them are 5 x 7 inches or smaller, and most of them are colored pencil drawings, though I drew several of them with three colors or less.
Three pen-and-ink sketches (ball point pen) are also in the collection. Those are very small. The pad of paper is about 3 x 5, just to prove you don’t need expensive tools to sketch!
About Carrie L. Lewis: Carrie has been painting and drawing for over 50 years. She sold her first horse portrait at the age of seventeen and has been creating beautifully detailed portraits of horses for clients all over the United States ever since. In the late 1990s, Carrie began doing more colored pencil work, which is now her primary medium. Her favorite subjects are still horses, but she now also draws landscapes. She is a current member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, and publishes the monthly e-zine for colored pencil artists, CP Magic!